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Tony S
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Is there are any maths teachers out there who have an opinion on which
tier to enter their class for (Intermediate or Higher). This is my first
Year 11 group and I'm unsure what paper to enter them for. I have given
my class some past Intermediate and Higher papers from the AQA syllabus.
There are getting between 50-70% on the papers on Intermediate and 40 -
50% on higher.

Does anyone have any opinions? I know some people would prefer and
70-90% on intermediate before they even contemplate higher, but I'm not
sure this way I'm doing the best for the kid. Do you think i should give
them a chance to get an A?

Any opinions on this matter would be GREATLY received.

Thanks

Tony
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Andrew Westgart
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Tony S <[email protected]> wrote in message
news:[email protected]...
[q1]> Is there are any maths teachers out there who have an opinion on which[/q1]
tier
[q1]> to enter their class for (Intermediate or Higher). This is my[/q1]
[q1]> first Year[/q1]
11
[q1]> group and I'm unsure what paper to enter them for. I have given my[/q1]
[q1]> class some past Intermediate and Higher papers from the AQA syllabus.[/q1]
[q1]> There are getting between 50-70% on the papers on Intermediate and 40[/q1]
[q1]> - 50% on[/q1]
higher.
[q1]>[/q1]
[q1]> Does anyone have any opinions? I know some people would prefer and[/q1]
[q1]> 70-90% on intermediate before they even contemplate higher, but I'm[/q1]
[q1]> not sure this way I'm doing the best for the kid. Do you think i[/q1]
[q1]> should give them a chance to get an A?[/q1]
[q1]>[/q1]
[q1]> Any opinions on this matter would be GREATLY received.[/q1]
[q1]>[/q1]
[q1]> Thanks[/q1]
[q1]>[/q1]
[q1]> Tony[/q1]

I would say look at their predicted grades and what the AQA boundaries
are for the papers they've done. Solid (ie 50% into grade) B's and
above enter for Higher, weak B's and below enter for intermediate. This
way no one should drop off the bottom of the Higher paper (although
getting 40-50% now should make them a fairly safe bet on higher papers
in July IMHO).

However I am also fairly inexperienced (6 years at the chalkface)(and
a first time poster!) and taking my first set 1 through year 10 at
the moment. So I guess I would also be interested to hear other
people's advice.
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Regards, Andrew Westgarth
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Mark Thakkar
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Andrew,

[q1]> I am also fairly inexperienced (6 years at the chalkface)[/q1]

Nice metaphor.

Mark.
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Micksdonoghue
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You do not have to enter the whole class for a Tier. Why not enter some
for Higher if they show aptitude AND attitude? In general I would say it
is easier to get a C at Intermediate Level than at Higher Level. It may
depend on how much of the specific Higher syllabus they have
successfully covered already - do you think time and effort of your
students would be more effectively spent on learning additional topics
or on revising/reinforcing those already covered?
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Derek McMillan
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In my experience, although it ought to be possible to get a B in
Intermediate anyone likely to get a B tends to do Higher. I have never
come across an exception to this.

On Tue, 30 Oct 2001 20:11:40 -0000, "Andrew Westgarth"
<[email protected]> wrote:

[q1]>Tony S <[email protected]> wrote in message[/q1]
[q1]>news:[email protected]...[/q1]
[q2]>> Is there are any maths teachers out there who have an opinion[/q2]
[q2]>> on which[/q2]
[q1]>tier[/q1]
[q2]>> to enter their class for (Intermediate or Higher). This is my[/q2]
[q2]>> first Year[/q2]
[q1]>11[/q1]
[q2]>> group and I'm unsure what paper to enter them for. I have given my[/q2]
[q2]>> class some past Intermediate and Higher papers from the AQA syllabus.[/q2]
[q2]>> There are getting between 50-70% on the papers on Intermediate and 40[/q2]
[q2]>> - 50% on[/q2]
[q1]>higher.[/q1]
[q2]>>[/q2]
[q2]>> Does anyone have any opinions? I know some people would prefer and[/q2]
[q2]>> 70-90% on intermediate before they even contemplate higher, but I'm[/q2]
[q2]>> not sure this way I'm doing the best for the kid. Do you think i[/q2]
[q2]>> should give them a chance to get an A?[/q2]
[q2]>>[/q2]
[q2]>> Any opinions on this matter would be GREATLY received.[/q2]
[q2]>>[/q2]
[q2]>> Thanks[/q2]
[q2]>>[/q2]
[q2]>> Tony[/q2]
[q1]>[/q1]
[q1]>[/q1]
[q1]>I would say look at their predicted grades and what the AQA boundaries[/q1]
[q1]>are for the papers they've done. Solid (ie 50% into grade) B's and[/q1]
[q1]>above enter for Higher, weak B's and below enter for intermediate. This[/q1]
[q1]>way no one should drop off the bottom of the Higher paper (although[/q1]
[q1]>getting 40-50% now should make them a fairly safe bet on higher papers[/q1]
[q1]>in July IMHO).[/q1]
[q1]>[/q1]
[q1]>However I am also fairly inexperienced (6 years at the chalkface)(and[/q1]
[q1]>a first time poster!) and taking my first set 1 through year 10 at[/q1]
[q1]>the moment. So I guess I would also be interested to hear other[/q1]
[q1]>people's advice.[/q1]

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Johndon
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After a few years of analysis of this dilemma I have came to the
conclusion that the candidates expected to get a B grade, and who have
been studying for Higher level, are better off taking Intermediate
Level. At my school we try to persuade any Higher candidates (and/or
their parents) who are not looking A grade material to take Intermediate
Level. Some take our advice and some don't. Being an indedependent
school the Head is of the opinion that he who pays the piper....
Assuming that the decisions they make are, statistically speaking,
random (a big assumption!) the evidence is overwhelmingly that the
B-graders should be taking Intermediate Level. This is for Edexcel board
- I don't know if this applies to the other boards.

"Derek McMillan" <[email protected] ail.com> wrote in
message news:[email protected]...
[q1]> In my experience, although it ought to be possible to get a B in[/q1]
[q1]> Intermediate anyone likely to get a B tends to do Higher. I have never[/q1]
[q1]> come across an exception to this.[/q1]
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